Floodfighters Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 17, 2014

Published:  07 October, 2014

The latest conference on floods and other disasters affecting the world, is sponsored by the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD).

The key focus of the conference will consist of water and flood rescue strategies that involve complex risks and the consequences of decision-making to all those involved. Much advancement in the field has been made, however the threat of citizens drowning as a result of flooding continues to increase (arguably as a result of climate change), coupled with the endangerment of those who respond to these events. Therefore it is clear that we need to continue to share understanding, information, and learning, to identify the best practices and strategies for dealing with this continuing issue.

Conference Schedule 07:50 - 08:00

Run on Charlotte, USA time.

Registration and coffee for delegates at the Charlotte Fire and Police Training Academy

08:00 - 08:15

Friday, October 17, 2014. 13:00 pm, UK London. 14.00 pm, Paris, Oslo & Stockholm.

Welcome, Introductions, & Opening Address

Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin, CFD, Charlotte, NC (USA)

08:15 - 09:00

(AUS 23:15 - 23:45 pm)

“Flood Rescue and Flood Response in New South Wales: An Update”

(Video Link)

Peter Cinque, NSW State Emergency Service, Sydney (AUS)

09:00 - 09:45

(NOR 15:00 - 15:45 pm)

“Accidental Hypothermia: A Survival From Accidental Hypothermia at 13.7°C”

(Video Link)

Dr. Anna Bågenholm, University Hospital of North Northway and colleague Dr. Torvind Næsheim. (NOR)

09:45 - 10:30

(UK 14:45 - 15:30)

“2014, 61 years on from 1953: Lethal Storms and Sea Surge, How Are We Doing in Flood Rescue Response?” (Video Link)

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (UK)

10:30 - 11:15

“UK’s National Operating Guide (Water Rescue & Flooding): The Role of a Guide in Water Rescue and is it Always Necessary to Have the Risk Control measures in Place Before Action?”

Adrian Smart, MSc, Instructor, Strategist, & National Tactical Adviser (UK)

11:15 - 12:15

“Superstorm Sandy - The Deadliest and Most Destructive of the 2012 Hurricane Season: Lessons for the Future, a Case Study”

Deputy Chief John Esposito, NYFD, New York City, NY (USA)


Working Lunch

12:30 - 13:15

“Forecasting Floods: Information Available to Reduce Risk to Life During the UK’s Wettest Winter on Record”

David Lane, MIFireE, FRINA, ARIN, CEO of LJA Ltd. (UK)

13:15 - 14:00

“One Team One Mission, To Ensure the Safety of Our Citizens: The Successful Use of Helicopters”

Jeff Cardwell, Programm Manager of NCHART, NCEM Area Coordinator (USA)

14:00 - 15:00

“Disaster Response and Preparing for the Real Possibilities: What is the New Real”

Joe Sorrentino, Florida Task Force 2, Captain, Sunrise Florida Fire Department (USA)

15:00 - 15:45

(TX 14:00 - 14:45)

“Types of UAS and the Uses of UAS for Flooding Throughout the World”

(Video Link)

Dr. Robin R. Murphy, Center for Robot-Assisted Search & Rescue, Texas A&M University (USA)

15:45 - 16:45

“Managed Plenary Session & Open Forum”

Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin, CFD, Charlotte, NC (USA)



*Note: Program is subject to change without notice due to matters out of the organizers control.

If you are interested in attending in Charlotte please email David Lane at: prorescue@btinternet.com /mailto:challingse@charlottenc.gov

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